When both Ducati GP15s stopped on the slow down lap in Texas, their first race since a two-litre fuel reduction, many in the paddock thought the bikes had simply ran out of fuel.
But speaking ahead of this weekend’s race in Argentina, Austin runner-up Andrea Dovizioso, denied either bike had run dry. he said: “The reality is we didn’t run out of fuel. We had something on the tank. We had a different problem. But it is something we don’t want to speak about!”
Ducati two of half of its extra allowance of four litres of fuel after accumulating three dry podiums since the start of 2014, but even with the reduction the team still enjoys a two-litre advantage over the Factory Honda and Yamaha squads.
Satellite Pramac Ducati riders are also subject to the new fuel limit, but Danilo Petrucci did not appear to have any consumption issues on his GP14.1, stopping to give Dovizioso’s team-mate Andrea Iannone a lift back to the pits, while Yonny Hernandez crashed out.